Diabetes Prevalence, Deaths, and Health Care Expenditures Worldwide: Estimates From the International Diabetes Foundation

February 26, 2018. The International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) performed a systematic literature review of studies published from 1990 to 2016 to estimate the 2017 worldwide prevalence of adult deaths attributable to and health care expenditures associated with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), diabetes, and hyperglycemia in pregnancy. The IDF found that approximately 374 million adults have IGT and an estimated 451 million are living with diabetes. About 21.3 million live births in 2017 were to women with hyperglycemia. In addition, the IDF estimated that one-half of individuals living with diabetes were undiagnosed, and that approximately 5 million adult deaths were attributable to diabetes in 2017. Globally, approximately $850 billion was spent in 2017 to treat people with diabetes. By 2045, the IDF predicts that diabetes prevalence will reach 693 million adults. The IDF concluded that diabetes continues to present a substantial burden to global health, social, and financial systems. You can read more about the study here.